January has always been a dreadful month for media in Pakistan the last few years. Not only because media publishes yearly reports on the number of newsmen killed on the job; but because over the last few years, very high profile newsmen were killed in this month. Noted U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl and Geo News’s reporter Wali Khan Babar are just of few of them.
A history of poor treatment
The most courageous and truthful journalists have to face the most accusations and threats. After failing to counter the truth, people conveniently accuse journalists of corruption and betrayal against the country. Pakistan has been carrying this ugly tradition for a long time.Mansoor Jafar
The lawyer not only accused those journalists criticizing Musharraf as being secret Indian agents and corrupt, but also threatened them, claiming that those journalists working against the general would be dealt with soon. He went on to cite faults with journalistic community, saying many of them were actually holding dual nationalities and staying in Pakistan to carry out foreign agenda.